Top 3 Reasons to Outsource your IT Department

In this article, we examine the different IT approaches businesses take and the top three reasons business owners should outsource their IT departments to a managed service provider.

Like it or not, the IT department of an organization plays a critical role in ensuring a business runs smoothly and smart business owners leverage technology to drive innovation, overcome challenges, and reduce costs.  But not all Oklahoma businesses have the capital to invest in IT personnel, and even those that do are discovering that outsourcing their IT departments may be the most cost-effective way to get the support they need at a price they can afford.


How do Oklahoma Companies Manage IT Services?

There are a lot of different approaches to how businesses handle the IT services within their organizations.

The most common IT solutions for Oklahoma businesses are:

  • In-House IT Department

The organization has a dedicated employee(s) who is responsible for overseeing all the IT services within the company.  He or she is a skilled IT professional who typically has various technical certifications.  Their responsibilities may include maintaining the IT network to ensure optimal performance, developing technical processes and policies, safeguarding company data through cybersecurity best practices, providing technical support for employees, and procuring and managing hardware and software.

  • Accidental IT

The organization does not have a specific IT resource, so it relies on an employee who is more technical than the rest of the staff, like the owner or the office manager, to troubleshoot issues when they arise.  Although he is savvier than his co-workers, he is not professionally trained in information systems, so his knowledge is limited.  When complex technical issues arise, organizations with accidental IT must seek help from an outside IT source to solve the problem.

  • Break/Fix

The organization does not have a specific IT resource, nor does it have an “accidental IT” person to handle technical issues. Instead, it practices the “break/fix” model which is a reactive approach that means when something breaks, the organization contacts someone to fix it.  In most cases, it pays an IT support company or a freelance IT professional an hourly rate to remedy the issue.

  • Managed IT Service Provider

The organization outsources some or all IT functions to a third-party IT support company, also known as a Managed IT Service Provider. The Managed IT Service Provider charges a pre-negotiated monthly fee for a defined set of services outlined in a Service Level Agreement.  Although Managed IT Service Providers are most suitable for organizations without an IT department, they can also augment an organization’s existing IT department by assisting with special projects such as hardware deployments or software upgrades.  They are knowledgeable about computer systems, cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking, etc. and can be made up of support specialists, systems administrators, network architects, and cybersecurity analysts.


What services does a Managed IT Service Provider offer?

A Managed IT Service Provider’s purpose is to support the IT infrastructure and business systems of its clients.  From helpdesk services to network planning and design, an Managed IT Service Provider offers expert guidance on what technologies to invest in, performs installation and maintenance of existing business systems, and helps support the evolution and growth of the company through strategic technology initiatives.

While no two managed IT service providers are alike, below is a list of common IT services you might expect one to offer:



Benefits of Outsourcing your IT Department

  1. Reduced IT Costs

One of the most significant benefits of partnering with a Managed IT Service Provider is the expense. An entry-level IT professional in Oklahoma may cost up to $50K per year while someone with years of experience may cost up to $100K.  On the other hand, a Managed IT Service Provider offers scalable solutions to fit your budget with packages starting at just a few hundred dollars a month.  Second, the costs are predictable. In a break/fix model, the business pays a third party an hourly rate to solve the issue.  But a cybersecurity attack or a data loss due to device failure may take hours and sometimes days to resolve, and one major incident can exceed the annual IT budget.  An MSP, on the other hand, charges a pre-determined fixed rate so forecasting is accurate, and budgeting is easy.


  1. Smart Allocation of IT Resources

Organizations that rely on an accidental IT person should remember that every time that person spends time resolving a technical issue, that is time he is not spending performing the role for which he was hired. It is also important to note that this approach is reactive.  Managed IT Service Providers perform routine preventative maintenance in the background to catch and fix problems before they impact your business.  This is critical to keep your business running smoothly, and failure to do this may leave your organization vulnerable to performance issues and cyber threats.


  1. Strategic IT Planning and Scalability

Many business owners do not even realize that their technology is holding them back, but savvy executives understand the importance of making sure their IT initiatives align with their corporate goals.  The Managed IT Service Provider should meet with the business owner regularly to review and adjust the technology strategy so there is a clear roadmap to support the company as it grows.  This may include gaining access to new technologies, developing a procurement plan for replacement hardware, and making sure the company is compliant with workforce regulations.


Xcel Office Solutions is a full-service technology company that builds custom technology solutions for Oklahoma businesses.  Please call (405) 748-4222 or contact us today to see how we can help your business embrace digital transformation to get to the next level.


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